StormPro Hurricane and Tornado Resistant Systems
StormPro Hurricane and Tornado resistant assemblies are a combination of hurricane and tornado shelter impact protective systems that are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed to ICC-500 and approved by the Florida Building Commission (FBC).
These products are designed to protect against missile penetration of wind borne debris for hurricane and tornado shelters for use in Florida and other severe weather prone areas.
Building owners in hurricane and tornado-prone areas must take proper precautions to protect occupants. Damage can be caused by flying debris (referred to as wind borne missiles). If wind speeds are high enough, missiles can be propelled at a building with enough force to penetrate windows, walls or the roof. An object such as a 2" x 4" wood stud weighing 15 pounds, when carried by a 250-mph wind, can have a horizontal speed of 100-mph. The resulting impact force will penetrate the most commonly used building materials.
StormPro Hurricane and Tornado Shelter Impact Protective Systems are UL classified to the below test methods and standards.
- The Florida Building Code (FBC) has designated certain areas within the FBC including K-12 and Florida college educational facilities to provide emergency shelters known as Enhanced Hurricane Protection Areas (EHPA). Openings in these areas are required to be ICC 500 opening protectives.
- The International Code Council (ICC) 500-2014 is a referenced standard in the 2015 International Building Code® (IBC) and the 2015 International Residential Code® (IRC). Buildings or spaces designated for use as a shelter from tornadoes and/or hurricanes within the scope of the IBC and IRC must conform to the requirements in ICC 500.
- FEMA P-361, Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms